Not all patients are good candidates for a home test and not all insurance carriers will cover the cost of the study. If you need a sleep study, your doctor will make a recommendation based on your specific situation whether you should have your test done in the lab or at home.
If you've been scheduled for a home sleep study, you'll need to pick up the equipment from the Sleep Medicine Center. You'll meet with a sleep technologist to learn how to properly place the sensors and start the study. That night, before bed, you'll need to secure sensors to your upper lip, throat, chest, abdomen and finger. These sensors will record information about your airflow, snoring, breathing effort, heart rate and oxygen levels throughout the night.
In the morning, you'll remove the sensors, return everything to the test kit and return the equipment to the Sleep Center so we can download and analyze the data.